GANGTOK, 11 Jun:
A delegation of Sikkim LimbooTamang Tribal Joint Action Committee met the Minister for Human Resource Development Department, KungaNima Lepcha on 09 June at his office. The delegation led by president, SP Limboo submitted a memorandum to the Minister demanding that a legislation to protect Tamang land from alienation be passed in the State Assembly, informs a press release from the committee.
The committee has said that in other states of India, land protection is provided as soon as tribal status is granted to a community but this was not done under the previous SDF government when Limboo and Tamang got tribal status in 2003.
Due to this decision of the government many Limboo and Tamang have already become landless, the release states further adding that different Limboo and Tamang organisations have been demanding that the government take action since 2004.
The SDF government passed this Act in the State Assembly but only for Limboo community and not for Tamang community, but Sikkim LimbooTamang Tribal Joint Action Committee demands that amendments be made in theAct to include Tamang community.
After hearing them out, Minister, Mr Lepcha gave positive assurance to the committee, the release informs.